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Wombat Creek Tramways

Wombat Creek is a H0 (1:87) scale model of a fictional town situated somewhere in the Victorian Goldfields, Australia.

The time is 1963. Geelong wins the VFL Championship against Hawthorn (109– 60). John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas. ValentinaTeresjkova is the first woman in Space. The men behind The Great Train Robbery get £2.6 million from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London.

The town consists of several buildings. The “Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange” is a prominent building in the town centre. You will also find several other commercial buildings; among them the daily newspaper“W.C. Chronicle”(colloquial known as the "Toilet Paper") and “Wombat Creek Brewing Company” (Famous for the “Wombat Bitter”). “The Big Nugget Gold Mine” is situated at the Western outskirts of town near the small Chinatown. The War Memorial is in a small park along East Street.

The town’s mayor Alfred Campbell together with his son David Campbell owns several businesses, including the bank, the pub and the newspaper. AC/DC basically run the town and make most decisions on behalf of the rest of Wombat Creek’s residents, who, on the other hand, are too busy with their own businesses.

The mayor’s latest initiative is Wombat Creek Tramways. Wombat Creek doesn’t really need a tram system, but AC reckons tramways will improve the town’s reputation. Partly because of limited funds the tramways' construction and rolling stock depend heavily on second-hand requirements from other Australian and overseas tramways.

The trees are growing

Text & photos from Wombat Creek Tramways Posted on Wed, March 09, 2022 17:58:21
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‘Tree extension’
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‘Tree extension’
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Tram no. 17 in front of the Queen Victoria Market

The double-decker tram are no longer barred from the Circle Line. The offending trees in front of the Queen Victoria Market has grown in height. Not unusual for trees to do so, but the point of growth is normally at the top of the tress and not at the lower end of the trunks. A skewer was inserted into the existing trunk and ‘No-more-gap’ filler applied. After some brown paint was added the tress were put back in place. As seen in the third photo, the double-decker tram can just pass under the trees.

Low-hanging branches

Text & photos from Wombat Creek Tramways Posted on Mon, March 07, 2022 17:57:59

The driver of No. 17 has a problem approaching the Church Street stop. The double-decker tram can’t pass the trees in front of the Queen Victoria Market.

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Problem trees outside Queen Victoria Market

The ‘traditional’ Australian solutions would be cutting the offending branches. Often big gum trees (eucalypts) are used along the streets even under power lines. Said trees will grow to more than 20 metres in height, which of course will interfere with the power lines. The solution is not planting lower trees, but cutting the main trunk. Instead you will have to major branches each to facing sides with the power lines passing through the middle of the tree, which to my opinion is not very attractive.

So the solution in Wombat Creek will not be cutting branches. Instead the trees will grow taller!

Peeping through windows

Text & photos from Wombat Creek Tramways Posted on Thu, March 03, 2022 17:26:38

With the second and third floor in place Duncan and Fraser looks like this at night time:

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Duncan and Fraser Hotel
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Duncan and Fraser Hotel
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Duncan and Fraser Hotel
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Duncan and Fraser Hotel

It is a little difficult to capture all of the inside in photos but as you can see, the bar and restaurant are very busy. On the third floor the couple in the corner room no. 1 are still enjoying the view of the busy intersection. The couple in room no. 2 have returned and are less concerned about the view. Perhaps curtains should be drawn! In room no. 3 the occupant are still bashing and kicking the wall. No further comment on the reason why! Room no. 4 is still empty, so why is the light on?

Rooms for rent

Text & photos from Wombat Creek Tramways Posted on Wed, March 02, 2022 17:01:25
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3rd floor of Duncan & Fraser

Part of the third floor of Duncan and Fraser is finished. Four rooms have been fitted out with beds, bedside tables and wardrobes. At least three rooms have already been booked. No. 1 at the corner is occupied by a lovely couple enjoying the view from the bed. No. 2 seems to be empty, but the bed appears to have been used! The gentleman in room 3 appears to quite upset, bashing and kicking the wall. Are we missing part of the story? No. 4 with the single bed may still be up for rent, or perhaps the guest has gone down to the bar or restaurant.

As soon as the hotel is back into its normal position, I will upload photos showing a more conventional view of three floors through the windows.

Dinner is served

Text & photos from Wombat Creek Tramways Posted on Fri, February 25, 2022 18:00:10
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Duncan and Fraser restaurant

Even with a photo slightly out of focus it is clear, dinner has been served to most of the guests at the Duncan & Fraser restaurant. A waiter is taken orders at the last table!

Customers are ready to be served

Text & photos from Wombat Creek Tramways Posted on Tue, February 22, 2022 17:51:23
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Customers for Duncan & Fraser

Finished painting the customers and staff for the restaurant at Duncan and Fraser. The customers are all seated with a few spare seats. The waiting staff are resting in the middle. Not sure what the man in the purple jacket is doing, but the man next to him seems to quite agitated. I think I know the reason!

Up and running again

Text & photos from Wombat Creek Tramways Posted on Sat, February 19, 2022 17:44:58
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Panorama of Wombat Creek

I am please to announce Wombat Creek Tramways are back in service. Buildings, tracks and tram have all been moved to a new location without any damages.

Now I can start modelling again!

A devastating day for Wombat Creek

Text & photos from Wombat Creek Tramways Posted on Thu, January 27, 2022 15:56:43

At noon today Wombat Creek was it usual self. A few people out and about in the 30+ degrees heat.

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At 3 pm the temperature was the same, but Wombat Creek looked like this.

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What happened? A tsunami? No, the town is too far way from the coast. A cyclone? No, the town is too far south. An earthquake? Could be – they do happen in Victoria. Fortunately most of the brewery is still standing!

Well, the truth is, Wombat Creek is on the move. One key feature of the layout is it can be dismantled, moved and hopefully easily assembled again. I didn’t expect to take advantage of the feature already, but our landlord wants to sell our current rental and we have to move out. Fortunately we have already rented a new place with more space for Wombat Creek. So for a couple of weeks you will not get news from ‘the Creek’, but things should be back on track late February.

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